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Risks and Rewards of Trial


Risks of Going to Trial:

  • There is no certainty of a successful verdict when a case goes to trial. (If you do not win the case at trial, you may appeal.)
  • Trials can drag on for extended lengths of time, sometimes months.
  • Trials are expensive.
  • The Courts and judges are no smarter than the parties and their attorneys


Rewards of Going to Trial:

  • There is a possibility of greater financial outcome than if you settled.
  • You may have more meaningful closure, and more emotional satisfaction if you win the case in court.
  • A defendant may be held accountable for wrongdoing.
  • In some cases, you may also be able to win an award for pain and suffering or punitive damages.


Risks and Rewards of Settlement


Risks of Settling a Case:

  • You may have to accept a smaller award if you resolve a case out of court.
  • A defendant generally escapes charges of wrongdoing.


Rewards of Settling a Case:

  • With a settlement, you have certainty, because you control the outcome. You know the dollar value of the award you will receive.
  • There is much less stress with a settlement vs. a public trial.
  • Cases typically resolve more quickly in settlements than at trial.
  • Much if not all of the damages (settlement money) is available to the plaintiff soon after a settlement is reached.
  • Confidentiality: settlement agreements can generally be kept private and out of public records. On a personal level, this is often desired. However, in some cases, it may be a great benefit when a defendant is publicly held accountable.

Divorce/Family Law

Dealing with a divorce or legal separation on your own can be overwhelming and stressful.  That is why it is best to let a skilled divorce attorney handle your situation. From filing a petition or complaint to reaching a settlement through negotiation or mediation, a family law attorney will ensure that your rights and interests are protected. 

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Michael Grossman has been a practicing divorce and family law attorney for thirty-nine (39) years.  He knows that divorce and related issues including child support and alimony are often a very personal and emotional experience.  In many circumstances, resolving the issue out of court will benefit all parties and he always seeks that avenue first.  However, settlement is not always possible or the best strategy and he will discuss the risks and benefits of settlement versus trial. We always believe that it is your case and your life, and these are your decisions to make.

  • Divorce
  • Divorce Mediation
  • Family Law
  • Equitable Distribution
  • Marital Agreements
  • Postnuptial Agreements
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Separation Agreements
  • Spousal Support
  • Child Support
  • Marital Property Distribution
  • Marital Property Settlements
  • Paternity
  • Post-divorce Proceedings